Mosaic tile backsplashes are one of the easiest - and most popular - tile projects out there, and don't need to be done as part of a larger remodel.
(PRWEB) August 15, 2013
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Installing tile is one of the necessary evils of great bathroom design. No bathroom is complete without at least some tile, and the better the tile job, the more polished and pristine the final product will look. But buying tile is expensive, to say nothing of the cost of hiring someone to install it. And as designs become more intricate, costs go up accordingly. That said, HomeThangs.com has introduced a simple guide to help DIYers use mosaic tile sheets to add beautiful, custom embellishments to dress up a simple tile layout.
One of the biggest hurdles to installing a tile accent – regardless of location – is that often the main tile has to be cut to accommodate the accents. Cutting tile is an iffy business even for professionals, and doing it without years of experience is a good way to ruin a lot of tile. But mosaic tile sheets are specifically designed to be cut – as in, with a pair of scissors. The tiles might be tough, but the mesh certainly isn’t, which means the sheets can easily be trimmed down to almost any size or shape and easily fit in between larger tiles.
Basic borders can be cut by hand to any thickness and the strips can be laid end-to-end to create a simple border or frame. A basic frame around the perimeter of a bathroom floor can help define the space in a way reminiscent of an area rug, and installed parallel and perpendicular to the field tile again requires little or no cutting of the actual tile. Using a different type of tile inside the border can further enhance the look without significantly increasing the amount of work or tile required.
Similarly, it’s easy to create a mosaic border on a tile wall or half wall. This is a great way to add a splash of color to a white subway tile or a neutral stone, and as with the floor, involves simply cutting mosaic sheets to the desired width and installing them between two layers of the primary tile. Decorative tile placed just below a row of border tiles is an elegant way to cap off the tiled portion of the wall. For a more modern look, consider installing a horizontal rather than a vertical stripe.
Mosaic tile can be used for smaller accents, too. Surrounding a frameless mirror with tile is a great way to add a stylish, built-in statement to a vanity area, and niche storage or displays lined with mosaic tiles create a colorful (and useful) decorative pop. This type of accent is starting to become common in showers as well, but because waterproofing is so much more important in the shower, this is a project that should be reserved for advanced DIYers.
For less experienced DIYers, consider starting with a basic mosaic tile backsplash. This is one of the easiest DIY tile projects out there, and doesn’t have to be done as part of a larger remodel. Backsplashes should be at least 4″ high, though taller is currently considered better – including all the way up to the ceiling. A full tile wall is a slightly more ambitious project, but will require some tile cutting to accommodate any plumbing or other hardware on the wall of choice.
Finally, the best kept secret of professional tile-layers everywhere is that the creme-de-la-creme of high end tile, the floor medallion, is now actually pretty DIY friendly. Traditionally installed by hand by a skilled artisan, these tile medallions can be purchased just like mosaic tiles: attached to one really big mesh sheet. Installation is very similar to traditional mosaic sheets, and because they’re often square with a round design rather than a round sheet, they’re easy to integrate into a square tile floor, too.
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